Worried about the security of your personal information? It turns out that if we’re on the Internet, we don’t have as many worries as in the real world. While most people forget what they ate last night, the internet does not.
Google makes up a significant portion of the internet’s memory. Our personal information is accumulated in the hands of Google in exchange for the services we use free of charge. The company also uses this information to serve ads based on our interests. As a matter of fact, we are in a situation as strange as a person we do not know knows a lot about us. Worse still, people are getting used to it.
So, can we access or control the personal information we provide to Google? We say “Yes” by expressing our thanks to the legal obligations. Google allows us to control almost every data we present to it. It only requires us to make minor adjustments. It also hides these settings in places where end users cannot reach.
1. Step 2: Download your information stored on Google in bulk
Google allows you to download data in bulk from every service you use for your account. In addition to cloud options such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, you can also request a connection that will allow you to save your data directly to your hard disk.
- Click here to go to Google data request page,
- Select the application or services you want to download your data from,
- Click Next Step to select the archive format,
- In the Delivery method section, answer where you want to download the data (we recommend requesting a link via Email),
- Choose .ZIP or .TGZ as file type (we recommend .ZIP),
- You can limit the size of your data files in the archive size section. If you have a larger amount of data than the size you entered, Google will send you the data in chunks. If you choose a file larger than 2 GB, your data is sent in .ZIP64 format.
- In the third and last step, click on Create Archive and wait,
Google says it will respond to archive requests “within hours or days”. This depends on how you use Google services. If you are a YouTube content producer, the size increases as your YouTube videos are included among the data you request. If you are an end user, it takes a maximum of 1 day for your data to reach you.
- Warning: If your data on Google is more than 15-20GB, the free storage service on the listed cloud platforms will be insufficient, you will probably have to purchase additional storage.
By controlling your downloaded data, you will be able to see more closely what Google knows about you.
You’re likely to be a little shocked at this stage. The following example contains location information from 3 years ago:
What you need to do to hide this and similar information from Google is quite simple. Let’s explain them now.
2. Step 2: Be almost invisible to Google
- . ) Go to myaccount.google.com .
- Click on Data and Personalization from the left menu .
- At the top of the page that opens , there is a “Review your privacy settings” section. Go to Privacy Checkup by clicking “Get started” below .
- On this page, you can see what information Google has saved. There are different items in the list under 7 headings.
By browsing all these, you need to turn off the options that are open next to them one by one.
- But stop! Google doesn’t allow you to interrupt the data flow here without leaving the page. Therefore, by clicking on the “On” options, we have to cut off the data flow in each header one by one.
For example, “1. Personalize your Google experience” under “ Web and Application Activity” , click on “On” , turn off the button on the page that opens and return to the previous page and do this for all “Open” data sources
Step 3: See all data previously saved by Google
At this stage, we will take a closer look at our personal data that Google has recorded and is legally obliged to show us
- by clicking here Activity Control You can go to the page , which will list your activities on Google in groups.
For example , we can go to the “Location History” card and click on the “Manage History” button under it and see which locations we have been in before. Your location information here can go back to 3 years, just like the map you see above. You can also find a recording of your voice queries to Google Assistant from the Google “Speech and Voice Activity” card.
You can also access the history of your actions in other services from other cards.
In the first step, we together requested our personal information recorded by Google. In the second step, we saw how to prevent this information from being saved. In the third step, we had the chance to see the information saved by Google.
These three steps once again demonstrate the security and importance of our personal information. Although Google is a company that crosses borders in terms of security, it is extremely difficult to forget what happened to Facebook last year. In the event of any information leak or your Google account being compromised, all of this information is in the hands of people you don’t know.
We will continue with our personal information recovery guides. Do not forget to share your opinions, suggestions and comments with us, stay tuned.